“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Strange Case of a Nazi Who Became a Hitman for Israeli intelligence after the Second World War

Hitler’s commando Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny 'worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence' - Telegraph

5:25PM BST 29 Mar 2016 TELEGRAPH

A notorious former SS officer known as “Hitler’s commando” reportedly worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence. 

Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny, once described by British and American intelligence as “the most dangerous man in Europe”, was secretly recruited by Mossad after the Second World War, according to Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper.

In 1962 he assassinated a former Nazi rocket scientist, the newspaper claimed. Heinz Krug, who worked under Wernher von Braun on the programme to develop the V2 rockets that were used to devastating effect against London in the final stages of the war, disappeared without trace from Munich. He was working on a missile programme for the Egyptian government at the time. 

It has long been suspected he was targeted by Israel, nervous of its then-enemy Egypt’s intentions. 

Ha’aretz claims he was murdered by Skorzeny on Mossad’s orders. 
Fearing for his life after several other scientists on the programme received threatening letters and calls from Israel, Krug hired the former SS officer as a bodyguard. 

But he was unaware the man he had hired to protect him was a double agent working for the Israelis. 
Lt-Col Otto SkorzenyLt-Col Otto Skorzeny  Photo: Walter Frentz

Skorzeny and Krug drove into the woods north of Munich with two bodyguards to talk undisturbed. 

But once they arrived Skorzeny shot the scientist dead and he and his accomplices destroyed his body with acid, leaving no trace. 

Skorzeny, personally decorated by Hitler with the highest rank of the Iron Cross, was a highly unlikely Mossad recruit. 

He was most famous as part of the Nazi commando team that rescued the deposed Italian leader Benito Mussolini from captivity in 1942. 
But he was also involved in the operation to seize control of Hungary in 1944 when the Nazi puppet regime of Miklos Horthy was on the verge of suing for peace with Russia. 
Lt-Col Otto SkorzenyLt-Col Otto Skorzeny  Photo: Express/Getty

That operation resulted in tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews who had survived until then being sent to their deaths in the concentration camps. 

At the end of the war Skorzeny was captured by US forces but dramatically escaped with the help of three former SS officers disguised in American uniforms. 
Skorzeny claimed in his memoirs the US authorities had let him escape.

He fled to Spain where he was allowed to settle under the fascist Franco regime. 
According to Ha’aretz, Mossad tracked him down but instead of assassinating him, the intelligence service decided to recruit him. 

“I met and ran Skorzeny,” Rafael Eitan, the former Mossad officer who successfully abducted Adolf Eichmann and brought for him for trial in Israel, told Ha’aretz. 

He refused to give any further details, but according to the newspaper Skorzeny told Mossad he was not interested in money. 

Instead demanded his name be taken off the list of war criminals kept by Simon Wiesenthal, the Austrian Nazi hunter. 

Even Mossad was unable to persuade Wiesenthal to delete Skorzeny’s name. So the intelligence service forged a letter from Wiesenthal “confirming” that his name had been removed. 

Skorzeny lived the rest of his life in Spain, dying of cancer in 1975. 
At his funeral former SS colleagues openly gave the Hitler salute and sang Nazi songs, unaware the man they were mourning was also an Israeli agent.


  1. How does this story relate to Israel today? Consider this claim:

    In another of a seemingly unending string of controversies over anti-Jewish or anti-Israeli comments by members of Britain's Labour Party, Bob Campbell, a party activist who has reportedly claimed that ISIS is controlled by Israel, denies that he has been the suspended by the party.
    The London-based Jewish Chronicle and Sunday Times have reported over the past several days that Campbell was suspended pending a party investigation after allegedly posting a claim on Facebook that the Israel's Mossad intelligence agency runs ISIS. He is also said to have claimed Israel was behind this month’s terrorist bombing in Brussels.

    read more:

    Given Israel’s history of terror and deceit, is there a disconnect between events today rooted in Israel’s past?

    It is no stretch of the imagination that Israel would not use ISIS if it saw it to its advantage. Israel killed American servicemen when it saw it advantageous to do so. Israel is no friend or ally to anyone.

    Israeli corruption is rife in almost all US institutions. Will Israel use that to its advantage?

    To see the future, look to the past.

  2. "ISIS is controlled by Israel"

    O well absolutely. They control the banks, the Congress, the Media, probably Trump and Hillary, too, why not ISIS ?

    I will say seriously that the picture of young Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny is a serious picture of a Nazi.

    Hollywood at it's serious best could do no better.

    1. The lack of blond hair and blue eyes makes it all the more realistic.

    2. Given Israel’s history of terror and deceit, is there a disconnect between events today rooted in Israel’s past?

      IF Israel had 1/100th of the terror and deceit you claim Israel would have rolled up it's enemies years ago...

      But one can wish..

  3. Israel stole nuclear weapon technology and material from the US. They killed British soldiers by with terrorist bombing attacks on hotels. They attacked and killed American servicemen.

    They have attacked civilian shipping in international waters and have assassinated scientists and their families. They run outdoor penal colonies and bomb and kill civilian structures at their whim.

    What is it about your convoluted brain that fails to comprehend the obvious?

    1. If they were actually as evil as you say?

      Instead of a paltry 2200 dead in gaza in the last war?

      They would be more like America in Fallujah or Assad in Syria..

      Your hatred has warped your mind.

    2. As you say, kick a dog enough when it's down they bite back...

      The Jews will not take your shit anymore.

      The Brits? Oh those guys that bulldozed Jewish cemeteries to put a hotel at of the hill over looking Jerusalem.

      You'd call them occupiers if they were Jews...

      One standard for the Jews, no standards for anyone else?

  4. They control the banks, the Congress, the Media,

    Banks - some
    Investment Banks - quite a handy sum
    Media - thoroughly 9 out of the top 10
    Congress - almost 100%

    1. Who controls them - Jews? Israelis? The two are not equivalent.

    2. And yet you still are not banned?

      You are not locked up in a jail for crimes?


    3. They are not the same. The fairest description would be Israeli interests.

    4. Sorry Deuce, you are delusional, but the good news?

      Your illness will be your downfall in real life...

    5. Jews also control MOST of the Bagel Bakeries, MOST of the Jewish Schuls...

      It's a conspiracy I tell ya

  5. Warren: Operations in Fallujah, Makhmur and Heet will take place at same time

    ( Baghdad – The international coalition spokesman Steve Warren announced on Tuesday, that the military operations in Fallujah, Makhmur and Heet will take place at the same time, while pointed out that ISIS lost half of its territories in Iraq.

    Steve Warren said during a press conference held at the US Embassy in central Baghdad and followed by, “ISIS lost half of its territories in Iraq, including Baiji, Tikrit , Sinjar and Ramadi,” noting that, “We also liberated Kabisa and the villages near Makhmur, while Heet and Qayyara will be liberated soon.”

    Warren added, “Military operations in the areas of Makhmur, Heet and Fallujah will be conducted at the same time for military reasons,” indicating that, “The security forces managed to advance 2 km into ISIS front lines in Makhmur.”


  6. Deuce, you're Ahab, and Israel is your White Whale of Evil.

    That's really how it appears to me.



    Remind me to tell you that Mountain Lion Story sometime, Farmer Bob.

    ...I'm supposed to be sleeping now.

  9. .

    Neither of you would be hard on Trump today if you'd seen him interact with that young woman he helped.


    I would venture the greatest tyrants in history at one point or another in their lives have done a kindness to one or more other human beings especially if it didn't cost them anything or obstruct what they were trying to do.

    I have no doubt Trump can be charming. At times, I have to admit he can be funny. He has some ideas I agree with. Even the bigotry doesn't bother me all that much. There is a certain level of bigotry in everyone whether they want to admit it or not. However, when a candidate makes increasing torture, making it legal, a plank in his political platform and promotes it in his run for the presidency, it tells me one thing, this boy is one sick puppy.

    IMO, this country is going to hell (figuratively of course lest I raise the ire of Deuce and Rufus). The country is polarized into right and left and is drawing the worst from both sides in its devolving spiral into a statist dystopia.

    You have the left which has for decades been trying (and succeeding) in turning the country into a PC neutered, statist, socialized, 'utopia', ruled by an enlightened and privileged elite governing over a population of benighted Eloi willing to continue to vote them into power in based on promises of continuing the cornucopia of goodies they promise.

    Then you have the right driven by government fear and war mongering that drives the populace to publicly derogate and disavow the values that formed the basis for this country in the first place. It produces leaders, modern day Morlocks, like George Bush, Max Boot, and Donald Trump who suggest that the only way to defeat terrorists is to become terrorists ourselves. And the sheeple climb out from in under their beds and shout 'Ooray', willing to give up basic principles, rights expressed in the Constitution, privacy, and morality all on the basis of a promise never fulfilled that the government will guarantee their safety.

    And the devolution continues as they quake in government induced fear.

    Then we hear statements like, 'but he was so nice to this lady' or 'he likes puppies, so cute'.

    How easily the sheeple are swayed.

    Makes me want to puke.


    1. .

      Trinkets for the natives. That's all it takes to convince Idaho sheep.


    2. .

      Bread and circuses. That's all it takes for those on the left.


    3. TRINKETS ??!!

      I ain't THAT cheap.

      I want taxes !!!

    4. Dammit.

      I want LOWER taxes.

      Just got up from nap...

    5. I'm upset Trump hasn't targeted the Capital Gains tax, that tax on the passage of time.

      I imagine he personally would greatly benefit from such a move.

      But as far as I know, he hasn't, which might be an indication of some integrity, though it is very poor tax policy.

      A repel of the Capital Gains tax would free whopping funds for people to spend in the economy, giving it a giant boost...

      I'd buy that Ford F-250 4x4 with the Super Camper on the back, and go vacationing....

    6. Makes me want to puke.

      If you are feeling pukey it's because of the 16 oz. Buds I sent you along with the bottle of Vodka, that's all it is.

      Put your finger down your throat if you have will feel better for it....but don't forget to sooner or later withdraw your finger from your throat....

    7. As an alternative, put your finger down your throat and bite harder than you ever have in your life, twice as hard as you can, you unfeeling immune to compassion cold Detroit City Slicker...

      That's what I say back to you, puker !

  10. Deuce by your standards Israel is the most evil in place on the planet....

    Willing to do anything for the riches and conquest of the world....

    Yeah, Israel, sitting on 1/900th of the middle east, an expanding empire, one new sunroom at a time....


      The BEST Sunroom builders in Israel. Expanding the EMPIRE one room at a time...

    2. Meanwhile, if we had a real Media, there would be graphics showing the elimination of Christians across the ME, replaced by Peaceful Muslims.

    3. You say truth, Doug.

      It's been proclaimed a GENOCIDE and it's never covered by our shit ass lefty media.

  11. Israeli firsters cause an inordinate amount of collateral damage.

    1. ... but a pittance compared to the collateral and direct damage done by the USA.

    2. And yet you have not stopped living as an occupier of native Americans?

      If you feel this way why do you not denounce your citizenship, leave the colonies and move back to your homeland?

  12. Highlights

    Little else may be falling into place but the U.S. labor market is likely to show its strength once again in Friday's March employment report, based at least on ADP's private payroll count which came in very near expectations at 200,000 on the nose. There's little change from February when ADP's sample posted revised growth of 205,000.

    Expectations for Friday's private payrolls are also at 200,000 which would prove a very healthy level though down from February's even stronger 230,000. ADP isn't always an accurate barometer of the government's data but it has definitely been useful the last several reports, signaling convincing acceleration in December, slowing in January, then strength again in February.

    ADP Report

  13. Real PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures after accounting for inflation) have increased about 3.25% / year for the last two years.

    That's a good number.

    Impressive Chart

    1. That's directly tied to the McDonald's dollar menu...

    2. With my Social Security check having been cut by a third, and my wife's too, we are hoping for McDonald's to hold that dollar menu line....

  14. "Why Jewish group’s embrace of Trump is more than a little ironic

    Special to The Globe and Mail
    Published Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016 3:25PM EDT

    One of the shabbiest moments in this year’s dishonourable American presidential race will not affect the outcome at all, but it adds to the sense of U.S. democracy having lost its way. Donald Trump was intimately involved, but this time not responsible.

    Mr. Trump appeared before 18,000 attendees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and wowed the crowd. Impossible to imagine but true.

    AIPAC is the extremely influential lobbying group that claims to represent American Jewry. Its objective is to make sure that Israel’s interests always come first – even before those of the United States. With only tiny exceptions, no American politician ever crosses AIPAC; the consequences can be political suicide.

    1. The AIPAC-Trump story is ironic several times over.

      First, as is well known, some have compared Mr. Trump to Adolf Hitler. While this seems rather overwrought, it’s also understandable. After all, encouraging his supporters to use violence against opponents is certainly right out of the Nazi playbook. Moreover, as any genocide scholar will tell you, the early steps to genocide include targeting and demeaning certain specified groups based on their religion, ethnicity or nationality. This is part of the dehumanization of this group, since it’s only logical to want to eliminate subhuman species. This, of course, describes the shocking way Mr. Trump talks about Mexicans and Muslims.

      Among the groups in the world most sensitive to any remote trace of revived Nazism, AIPAC surely takes pride of place. Hitler means anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, the extermination of six million European Jews. AIPAC is ready to cry “anti-Semite” if someone dares so much as criticize Israeli government policies. Rationally, one would have expected AIPAC not to invite Mr. Trump to this conclave but rather to ban him for his incendiary rhetoric. Or, if it allowed him to appear, to make its disgust for him absolutely clear. The last thing anyone would have predicted was enthusiastic support.

      But the world is not easily predicted. So blind have these self-declared leaders of American Jewry become that not only did they not protest against his appearance, they eventually offered huge cheers. The irony: While much of America is terrified by the prospect of president Donald Trump, prominent Jews, of all people, give him a standing ovation. Even for this campaign, it was a surrealistic and distressing moment.

    2. There’s another irony here. AIPAC’s power is actually based on a lie. It doesn’t speak for the majority of American Jews at all. The clear majority of Jews don’t share AIPAC’s extreme position on all things Israeli. A long series of polls show that the majority of American Jews actually want an end to the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories; AIPAC will not tolerate American politicians even raising the issue. And it’s AIPAC that regularly gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a platform to attack President Barack Obama, for whom most Jews have voted in two elections.

      There’s a third irony here – or maybe these are travesties – which is quite obvious. All three Republican contenders spoke to this huge gathering, as did Hillary Clinton. All were invited. The only candidate that AIPAC chose not to invite is the first Jew to to win a presidential primary in either major party. You would have thought, indeed taken for granted, that AIPAC would have embraced and feted Bernie Sanders, many of whose most enthusiastic devotees are young American Jews following in the once-great progressive tradition of American Jewry.

      Mr. Sanders’s position on Israel and Palestine can best be described as moderate and balanced, one that many Canadians would like their government to adopt. Yet in AIPAC terms, indeed in American terms, this stance is considered radical, dangerous and even anti-Semitic. So mindlessly pro-Israel is AIPAC that it chooses to humiliate Mr. Sanders by ostracizing him. Mr. Trump, yes; Mr. Sanders, no. Ted Cruz, the fanatical evangelical, yes; Mr. Sanders, no.

      In the process, America’s Jewish establishment sends a message that it is part of the problem of the Middle East and has nothing to contribute to the solution. But we can be sure it is oblivious to this outcome.

      AIPAC terrifies nearly every member of Congress, and the White House too. When it says to jump, American pols ask, “How high?”

      Except of course for Mr. Sanders, who jumps only to his conscience and sense of honour. It’s another reason to be dismayed that Mr. Sanders can’t win. He could have approached the Middle East with no obligations to powerful special-interest groups.

      Don’t get me wrong. As I’ve repeatedly argued, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may well be beyond any solution, both sides doomed to continue hating and hurting each other. No American president will easily change that equation. Indeed, all four presidential-nomination candidates who spoke to AIPAC descended to new levels of embarrassing pandering, each swearing to be Israel’s greatest friend ever. It’s a genuine tragedy for the prospect of peace and security in the Middle East, and for the Palestinians above all."

    3. IF AIPAC was so powerful how did the Iran deal get thru?

    4. AIPAC is the extremely influential lobbying group that claims to represent American Jewry. Its objective is to make sure that Israel’s interests always come first – even before those of the United States. With only tiny exceptions, no American politician ever crosses AIPAC; the consequences can be political suicide.

      Ash must you distort and lie to make a point?

    5. Distorting and lying is your MO WiO, as you have readily admitted.

    6. Distorting and lying is your MO Ash, as you have readily admitted.

    7. Ash,

      again, you misdirect.

      If two wrongs don't make a right?

      Why do you lie and misdirect?

      HERE is your statement: AIPAC is the extremely influential lobbying group that claims to represent American Jewry. Its objective is to make sure that Israel’s interests always come first – even before those of the United States. With only tiny exceptions, no American politician ever crosses AIPAC; the consequences can be political suicide

      Why do you lie?

    8. You aren't very swift are you WiO? I didn't write the article. In any case, the paragraph you have cited above appears accurate.

  15. Obamacare Enrollees Are Sick And They’re Getting A Lot Of Health Care

    WASHINGTON — The landmark health care reform law known as Obamacare appears to be succeeding in its twin goals of extending health coverage to the uninsured and enabling people to access life-saving treatments.

    But this humanitarian success also underscores the newness and fragility of the remade health insurance market, as a new report issued Wednesday by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association shows. The customers who flocked to the exchanges are sick and are using a lot of medical care, a trend that could jeopardize Obamacare’s gains by destabilizing the health insurance system.

    Greater access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions who were shut out of the old market and those whose low incomes made health insurance too expensive before the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies became available in 2014 was one of the core goals of the law President Barack Obama enacted six years ago.

    And health insurance exchanges are growing, with nearly 13 million enrolled as of Jan. 31, when the most recent sign-up period ended. Subsidized coverage from these marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare in 31 states and the District of Columbia are the main reasons why an estimated 20 million more people have health insurance this year than before the Affordable Care Act became law and the uninsured rate declined to a historic low.

    But the sicker population making up these exchange marketplaces doesn’t seem to be getting balanced out by healthier customers who pay into the insurance risk pool without drawing down as much in benefits. Absent that balance, health insurance companies will raise rates further in future years to cover their costs, which could price out consumers — especially those who are healthy and who need coverage least and thus are the least costly to insure.

    1. In key respects, this shouldn’t be surprising, and reflects the dire need for health care access that persisted in the pre-Obamacare health care system.

      Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could turn away people with pre-existing medical conditions, offer them coverage that cost much more than for healthier people, or sell them a policy that expressly didn’t cover health problems with which they’d been diagnosed.

      Others were among the ranks of the uninsured because they couldn’t afford health insurance, and being poor is associated with being less healthy. And people in both categories may have had ailments that weren’t discovered until they gained coverage and visited medical providers. In addition, people with serious medical conditions previously covered by special “high-risk pool” insurance programs transitioned into the regular market.

      “We’re seeing here the consequences of a very complex insurance system and the fact that now, people who need the care have a chance to find the care,” said Donald Berwick, a physician who founded the Massachusetts-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement who now serves as president emeritus and senior adviser.

      In the insurance business, it’s referred to as . . . . . . .

      Huffington Post

  16. Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria
    From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

    SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 30, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

    Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

    Strikes in Syria

    Attack, fighter and ground attack aircraft conducted four strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Mara, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL bunkers.

    -- Near Manbij, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 20 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL boat.

    -- Near Habbaniyah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

    -- Near Hit, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL safe house and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

    -- Near Mosul, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tunnels and an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

    -- Near Kirkuk, a strike destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.

    -- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Makhmur, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

    -- Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL fighting position.

    1. Did the Americans hit any injuries ISIS members as they were injured from the 1st strikes?

      I am betting there was more than one round fired at each target.

      Under the Deuce laws for combat, the American warplanes should have stopped firing the moment any ISIS members were injured.

  17. So when Israeli's critics say "expansion of settlements" let's be clear.

    Lands that Jews legally purchase from their legal owners are considered by Israel's critics as expansion of settlements.


    So If a Jew buys a old run down hospital, it's ok to take his money but according to those here, Jews should know better to think they have the right to actually use the property they purchase.

    Sounds like there is discrimination as the normal in the Israel critics playbook

    1. "according to those here"

      I insist on being counted as an exception to that.

      And, Moslems in the 'West Bank' are not allowed to sell their holdings to Israelis, probably on penalty of death.

      If they could actually sell out, they might get out....and probably try to come to the USA or Canada like everyone else.

  18. The polls are looking grim for The Donald in Wisconsin, and it's winner-take-all.

    If he were to win Wisconsin he'd have it in the bag, but it appears to most likely will not.

    But that seems to be the script in this most interesting political year ever......chaos to and during the conventions, and beyond....with the wild cherry on top of a possible Hillary indictment, or at least a steaming negative report from the FBI...


      What a farce.....Michelle Fields, sympathizer of, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, invaded Trump's Secret Service bubble, entering an area where she ought not to have been, grabbed Trump's arm and he raised his right arm defensively to ward her is Michelle Fields, who pulled this kind of complaint against the NYPD earlier, who should be in the dock...

      (go to Drudge Report and click on the headline, Quirk)

    2. .

      You seem to be suffering under the misapprehension that I give a damn what is written at Drudge, and I've always suspected you don't have the attention span to get beyond the headlines. You prove it every time you direct me to go the Drudge and click on the headline.

      You dumb hick, don't you realize it would take less time for you simply to put up a link here rather than continuing to type out '(go to Drudge Report and click on the headline, Quirk)'


      You do realize that

    3. Correction: Wisconsin is winner take's complicated.

    4. Just trying to make it easy for you, you dumb cold hearted city slime ball.

      And why do you insist I put up a link if you don't give a damn what is written at Drudge ?????????

      I am beginning to seriously worry about you....


      And I'm NOT sending you any more booze again.

      Your free booze days are over :(

    5. You PECKER, calling everyone who doesn't agree with you dicks and sheeple !!



    6. .

      And why do you insist I put up a link if you don't give a damn what is written at Drudge ?????????

      I, like Trump, sometimes attempt to do something nice for someone else. I was just giving you a heads up and pointing out how you can save some time.

      Also, the is always the off chance that you may post a reference to something I might actually be interested in reading like, for instance, Wolves of the Idaho and Their Pray.


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  19. Ash, the admitted liar says:

    AIPAC is the extremely influential lobbying group that claims to represent American Jewry. Its objective is to make sure that Israel’s interests always come first – even before those of the United States.

    This is not AIPAC's objective.

    Never has been.

    But Ash, the self admitted liar, says so...

  20. 6 Years After Obamacare’s Passage, Haters Refuse to Accept Reality

    During the Obama era, the keenest minds in the conservative movement have had to develop policy responses to the administration’s agenda. But those policies had to be crafted within bounds established by Republican politics — conservative ideas were useful only insofar as conservative politicians could plausibly advocate them. Republican politicians, in turn, had to operate within the bounds of what their voters considered acceptable. And Republican voters, as the 2016 election cycle has made abundantly clear to even those long committed to denying it, are bat-shit crazy.

    That frothing quality burst forth in its fullest form during the debate over health-care reform, in the summer of 2009. Angry Republicans flooded town hall meetings to denounce a law that they saw as redistributing resources from people like themselves to people who were not, identifying sources of grievance both real (cuts to Medicare) and imagined (death panels). The Republican Party’s stance on health-care reform took shape during those days of rage, and even six years after the law’s passage, its position on Obamacare has remained unaltered. The law is a failure and must be repealed, and no evidence can convince conservatives otherwise. A half-dozen years after its passage, none have dared revise that stance.

    One of Obamacare’s goals, beyond expanding access to health insurance and paying for its budgetary costs, was to “bend the curve” of health-care inflation, which has historically grown faster than the cost of other things. The law implemented a wide array of reforms designed to . . . . . .

    NY Mag.

    1. Who’s up for another round of big ObamaCare rate hikes?

      posted at 4:01 pm on March 30, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

      Remember how ObamaCare would drive the cost curve downward? Recall how premiums would get controlled by forcing everyone into purchasing comprehensive health-insurance policies and thus eliminating free riders on the system? As insurers begin preparing to set premium prices and deductibles for Year Four of ObamaCare, one major insurer finds that the risk pool looks a lot like Years One through Three of ObamaCare — sicker, costlier, and, well … riskier:

      Consumers who signed up for Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces these last two years tended to be sicker and incurred greater medical costs than people with BCBS coverage through their jobs.

      The enrollees in those individual health plans in 2014 and 2015 had higher rates of diabetes, depression and heart disease, according to a report released Wednesday by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

      Medical costs for individuals who obtained coverage through the ACA’s insurance exchanges were, on average, 22 percent higher than those with employer-based coverage in 2015, according to the association. Average monthly medical spending per member was $559 for individual enrollees in 2015, for example, versus $457 for group members.

      So much for the universal mandate. As predicted, people are complying when it suits them, and it suits them when they get sick or injured. The reason for this is clear — ACA exchange insurance is only good for catastrophic events. Otherwise, the deductibles are so high — more than $5000 a year for bronze plans on average and still in four figures for silver plans — that most people won’t ever qualify for their insurance unless they get hospitalized. Those people are seeing the reward of compliance as far less than the cost of non-compliance and are staying out of the system altogether.

      As a result, the forced entry of healthy subscribers hasn’t materialized to offset the high utilization costs of sicker subscribers accessing the system. Also, the curve of utilization doesn’t appear to be smoothing out much either. ObamaCare advocates acknowledged that utilization would spike briefly as those with pre-existing conditions finally gained coverage, but that the phenomenon would be short-lived. After three years, the spike shows no sign of receding, and insurers are now faced with consistently higher utilization rates than expected.

      What does this all mean? It means that the rate hikes are not over. Some expected FY2016 to have the last significant rate hike in premiums, with subsequent rate adjustments more in line with annual pre-ACA increases. In most states, rates increased by double digits; in Minnesota, some qualifying plans increased premiums by 50% from the year before. The spikes in FY2017 may not reach that amplitude, but they’re not going to be simple inflation-indexed increases. And deductibles won’t be shrinking in the near future, either.


  21. It's a murky situation out there with the Cory/Fields prosecution.

    Seems the prosecutor may not have decided to prosecute yet, though the Police have referred it to her....

    Awaiting confirmation from Fox News...

  22. This video shows that the bitch touched Trump, at which point Cory pulls her away.
    At no point is she in distress except in her head.
    Her phone is always at the ready.
    You have to be quick on the mouse and go through frame by frame.

    1. Yes ! The bitch got herself inside the Secret Service bubble, grabbed at Trump, and he raised his right arm defensively to push her away.

      Say, you got any good Mountain Lion stories, Doug ?

      I heard one yowl once, and one ran across the road in front of me, and we saw cubs down at Troy, Oregon this very year.

    2. Back in '00 I was in a truck driving on some old logging roads across the north side of Priest Lake when a mountain lion came bounding up from downhill to the left, leaped across the whole logging road in front of me in one giant stride and continued bounding uphill to the right, off into the woods.

      Pretty rare to see one in the wild. Pretty cool.

    3. Yup, cool.

      They are really something.

      There was one came into Lewiston once, and hung around Train Station Park for awhile, in a tree, before Fish & Game got him captured and relocated. Big deal in the papers.

    4. Up the Snake River Canyon, a friend once related to me, there's a big cave up on a mountainside.

      Someone he knew hiked up there and entered the cave....holy shit, mountain lion inside starts screaming at him.....

    5. .

      ...luckily, there was a pack of wolves passing by and they were able to distract the lion long enough for the guys to escape. Then, not wanting to hurt the mountain lion in any way they backed off and disappeared silently into the woods. The last of the wolves, a large white male, obviously the alpha male, nodded low to the stranger and then turned and disappeared into the woods like some ancient ghost.

      And thus another legend of the Idaho wolf packs was born.


    6. No,no,no.....that's an old Nimiipuu (The Real People) legend handed down for generations from before the white encroachment.

      The wolves in question being of our old native and smaller variety, Lobos as they used to be called, before they got run out, along with the elk, by the huge bastards from Northern Canada.

      So the result of the wolf 'reintroduction' is:

      1) The extinction of the native Lobos
      2) The near extinction of all our Elk

      A few elk have found a sanctuary of sorts around the farms and farmers, though the wolves have followed.

      The wolves must beware though. All the farmers are armed and dangerous, and death to wolves, who now may be shot 24/7/12.

      My friend Wayne has now lost a total of 10 livestock and horses to the wolves.

  23. Our next assassination will be carried out by a cell phone, James Bond style phone, that is.

  24. I'd vote for Hillary over Ryan.

    1. Are you certain ? -

      Clinton superdelegate disbarred while awaiting prison sentencing

      posted at 6:01 pm on March 30, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

      Just a quick update on the superdelegate situation for the Democrats this evening. Normally we’d be talking about which of the army of superdelegates is backing which candidate or how they might make the process a tad bit more democratic in nature, but this story has to do with who will (or more to the point, won’t) be attending the festivities in Philadelphia. You may recall that we earlier talked about one of Hillary Clinton’s long time friends and supporters who also happens to be a superdelegate, Sheldon Silver. The disgraced former Speaker of the State Assembly in New York was previously convicted of a raft of corruption charges and is currently awaiting sentencing where he could receive up to 130 years behind bars. (A rather neat trick since he’s already 72 years old.)

      Now, adding insult to injury, they’ve taken away Silver’s license to practice law in the Empire State.

      Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is now officially a former lawyer, too.

      A state appeals court on Tuesday ruled the 72-year-old disgraced Democrat effectively lost his license in November when he was convicted in federal court of violating federal honest services laws. A jury found that he took $3.5 million in legal fees from clients and then did favors for them that involved his elected office.

      The panel of judges in the Manhattan Appellate Division said that by state law, a felony conviction means an automatic disbarment at the time of the conviction.

      If we’ve learned anything about Mr. Silver over these past two years, it’s that he really doesn’t like giving up his titles, ranks and privileges. When he was initially arrested and charged, he stepped down as Speaker only reluctantly and after much badgering from party leaders, but still didn’t resign from office. Then, after being convicted and facing forcible ejection from office, he still didn’t want to give up his law practice and position as a member of the bar. Frankly, I’m just hoping we don’t find out he’s a Boy Scout troop leader as well or that could end up being yet another court case.

      But there’s one thing they can’t take away from him… his status as a Hillary Clinton superdelegate. The party has no apparatus in place to strip someone of that honor no matter how badly they embarrass the candidate and the rest of the party. And Sheldon seems to be in no mood to give it up quietly. Frankly, if he can stay out of jail long enough on some sort of appeal I’d love to see him show up at the convention to proudly cast his vote for Hillary (assuming she’s not behind bars herself, of course) and keep the network cameras trained on him the entire time.

      What a great bit of imagery for the Democrats’ candidate selection process.


      Thankfully this superdelegate wasn't THE Superdelegate.

    3. .

      Now, he will probably appeal his conviction claiming that he was acting as his own lawyer and now he has been denied a lawyer.

      Case could go on for years (unless there is a precedent out there that I am not aware of).


    4. Sounds like a tactic you've used before, Quirk.

      "(unless there is a precedent out there that I am not aware of)"

      Yup, you know the situation better than anyone.


    5. My vote would be a purely selfish one.
      I'm afraid I'd go crazy if I had to see that self-satisfied shit eating grin everyday.
      I despise the guy.

  25. The main suspect in a foiled attack plot in France, who was found with an arsenal of weapons and explosives at his home, has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation.


    Meanwhile, Brussels airport said it would remain closed to passenger flights until at least late on Thursday afternoon as the operator carried out further tests for a partial restart.

  26. ISIS executes 35 people for trying to escape from Fallujah

    ( Anbar – al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces in the province of Anbar announced on Wednesday, that the so-called ISIS executed 35 people for trying to escape from Fallujah, while pointed out ISIS threatened to cut off the heads and destruct the of houses of those who will try to escape from Fallujah.

    The commander in al-Hashed al-Shaabi Colonel Mahmoud Mardi Jumaili said in a statement obtained by, “ISIS guerrilla executed 35 civilians by firing squad in the Industrial District in central Fallujah for trying to escape from the city.”

    Jumaili added, “ISIS chased the families who tried to escape from Nizal area south of the city,” pointing out that, “ISIS threatened to behead the residents of Fallujah if they tried to leave the city.”


    1. It would be so much more cost effective to go with my screw on replacement head idea.

    2. ...and destruct the of houses of those...

      New head needed.

  27. “World leaders face a stark choice at the final nuclear security summit later this month: Will they commit to continuous improvement, or will nuclear security efforts stall and potentially decline?” said experts at the respected Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.


    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration hopes Obama’s successor will take up the mantle.

    “I certainly hope that the incoming president would understand that safeguarding loose nuclear materials around the globe is a top national security priority of the United States,” he said.

    1. I'm for tearing down the fences around our nuclear materials.

  28. "Someone he knew hiked up there and entered the cave....holy shit, mountain lion inside starts screaming at him....."
    What's the big deal?
    If the lion knew him, they were probably friends.

  29. I don't have time right now to relate my moronic Mountain Lion Story.

  30. PAULA JONES: Media More Interested In Corey Than Hillary's 'True Crimes'...

    Good point. We all know their bias, but that puts it in sharp relief.

  31. Paranoid parents have always known that children’s parks are potentially dangerous places. That rickety seesaw might fling your child skywards.


    After the 2014 attack on the Army public school in Peshawar, where more than 140 schoolchildren and their teachers were butchered, we decided to go to war. Not just another army operation, but a proper war with fighter jets in the air, tanks on the ground, bloodcurdling war anthems on television, and summary trials and pre-dawn hangings.


    In a town named Mirpur Khas in the interior of Sindh, railway police reported another blasphemy a couple of years ago. In any other place, railway police would be tasked with the security of the railway lines, making sure passengers get on and off trains without harming themselves and others.

    War Against the Taliban

  32. An audio recording of the Michelle Fields/Trump/Cory event has come to light in which a Secret Service agent is heard telling Michelle Fields to 'step back'.

    So, she breached the Secret Service bubble, disobeyed a Secret Service agent, grabbed at/touched Trump, who raised his right arm defensively in reaction, and, Michelle Fields had some odd object in her left hand.

    Michelle Fields is a Social Justice Warrior,, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter type who has falsely brought this type of complaint before.

    She ought to be the one in the dock, if anyone is....

  33. This is what should be in the news -

    Hillary To Be Interviewed By FBI In Mere Days, Not Weeks

    The issue is coming to a conclusion soon...

  34. i’m convinced that Trump does not want to be President. He had his fun and now needs an excuse to move on.

    1. He is looking for an out. He has hardly been campaigning and he has lost his fire.

    2. He might be just plumb tuckered out. I would be.

      He's my age and I couldn't keep up that pace, no way.

  35. Hmm, the gal that he accused of "not having the endurance" seems to be chugging along, nicely. :)

  36. Rubio gets it right:

    It hasn’t been a good spell for Marco Rubio, who managed to botch the name of the United States in a letter.

    The senator from Florida, who bowed out of the Republican presidential race after his home state primary, sent a letter asking the Alaska GOP not to release his pledged delegates before the national convention.

    His missive to GOP Chairman Peter Goldberg contained an awkward faux pas – he referred to the 172 delegates he won while running for the highest office in the “Untied States.”
    Seems pretty descriptive to me.

  37. She paces herself well.

    Refuses to come on Fox, has held maybe one press conference in the last six months....she may be saving her strength to deal with the coming indictment....

  38. This should ensure Trump won't get elected:
    Trump says women should face punishment for abortions if US bans practice

    Why the Hell did he say that?
    Never gonna happen, anyway.
    Maybe Deuce is right.

  39. The most accurate political statement in my lifetime:

    Ross Perot
    That giant sucking sound you hear...

  40. It's almost like he says outrageous shit on purpose to ensure he gets low votes but the reverse is true. He's been doing that all along.

  41. .

    My friend Wayne has now lost a total of 10 livestock and horses to the wolves.


    Before finishing off the bottle of DeKuyper Pucker, it was four livestock and a horse. The total included 4 chickens and old NED, a horse who died a couple years back at the age of 36 when he had a woody on for over four hours and failed to call the vet.

    But ignore the run of the mill facts and dress up the story by saying they were killed by wolves.
    Typical. Just what we can always expect from the Faux Farmer and Wayne. Especially when they are in their cups.


    1. The time sense is the first to go, they say.

      That was a long time ago when I mentioned four, which was the count at that time, Quirk.

      Lots of time has passes since then, but you haven't noticed.

      One reason I've said time is a human perception.

      Can I buy you a loudly ticket pocket watch, Quirk ?

      That might help your awareness problem.

    2. (drink can screw up the time sense, too, Quirk, so keep that low level for awhile)

    3. .


      And, Lots of time has passes since then...

      Lot's of time has passes since then?

      You're still in your cups.

      Looks like you boys have been making runs up to the border and picking your Peach Schnapps up in 40 ouncers. Nothing like a couple of GIQs and a bonfire to help dream up scary tales about wolves (or Muslims).